MB Ice Arena (Chicago Blackhawks Community Training Center)
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The Chicago Blackhawks Training Facility at the MB Ice Arena. Photo courtesy of American Hydrotech.Project Name: MB Ice Arena (Chicago Blackhawks Community Training Center)
Year: 2017
Owner: Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Other
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 24000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: American Hydrotech

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: HOK
General Contractor: McHugh Construction
Greenroof System: 6125 Monolithic Membrane & Extensive Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Roofing Contractor: All American Exterior Solutions
Landscape Contractor: Christy Webber Landscapes
The Chicago Blackhawks Training Facility at the MB Ice Arena. Photo courtesy of American Hydrotech.The Chicago Blackhawks Training Facility at the MB Ice Arena. Photo courtesy of American Hydrotech.The Chicago Blackhawks Training Facility at the MB Ice Arena. Photo courtesy of American Hydrotech.
Chicago is one of the nation's largest cities, boasting a vibrant culture, vast greenscapes, a bustling lakefront and a beach. In addition to the beautiful backdrop, the city is known for its architecture and of course, deep rooted fans and legendary sports teams. The Chicago Blackhawks have grabbed the hearts of many fans young and old for years, bringing home three Stanley Cups in the last eight years to underscore their dynasty and pay tribute to their fans.

Hockey culture and the Blackhawks are truly an extension of the Chicago community, as evidenced by the construction of the team's new state-of-the-art 125,000 sf training facility. This facility will not only deliver amenities and house two full-size rinks for the team's use, but also promote year-round hockey development programs and serve as recreational and event space for the Chicago community.
In typical Chicago fashion, architects and planners mandated this facility meet or exceed all green and sustainable standards for the city, which included the construction of a 24,000 SF green roof. Plans called for an American Hydrotech Extensive Garden Roof(R) Assembly to be placed on top of of the building's metal roof deck. Hydrotech worked with the designers to select roof components and plant material that were optimized for both Chicago's climate conditions and structural limitations.

The Extensive Garden Roof Assembly was planted with InstaGreen(R) Sedum Carpet which contains 9 to 15 different species of Sedum. Sedum is a succulent plant that is able to store water in its leaves and grows well under diverse conditions. The sedum carpet provides almost 95% coverage at the time of installation, which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also reduces initial maintenance requirements. In addition to reducing the urban heat island effect, and purifying the air, the Extensive Garden Roof(R) Assembly is able to capture more than 1.5" of water on the roof, which plays a major role in stormwater management.

The opening of the MB Ice Arena/Chicago Blackhawks Community Training Center was scheduled to coincide with the 2017-2018 NHL Hockey Season and serve as a landmark for attending fans.

"The $65 million, 125,000 square-foot building, which rests on the site of the old Malcom X College, in the shadows of the United Center, features two full-sized rinks and will be open to the public from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.

"The building features 22 locker rooms, a fitness center, a restaurant and coffee shop and classrooms that will be used to serve approximately 5,800 Chicago Public Schools students about health, wellness and will feature a "Learn to Skate" component through a program called 'First Stride,'" (Skrbina, Chicago Tribune, 2017).

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The Chicago Blackhawks Training Facility at the MB Ice Arena. Photo courtesy of American Hydrotech.The Chicago Blackhawks Training Facility at the MB Ice Arena. Photo courtesy of American Hydrotech.
The MB Ice Arena is located at 1801 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612; visit the website. See the Project Profile from American Hydrotech.

Read the January 24, 2018
New NHL Practice Facility and Community Center Sports Vegetative Roof by Chris King in Roofing Magazine and November 9, 2017 MB Ice Arena will be more than just a Blackhawks practice facility by Paul Skrbina in the Chicago Tribune.

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